Lowered flags, blue lines on Columbia Avenue to recognize service, sacrifice during National Police Week

Flags have been lowered and blue traffic lines were installed in front of Franklin Police Headquarters, this morning, in recognition of National Police Week, May 10-16. This week, especially, we remember the police officers who have been killed while serving America’s communities.

As you drive by Franklin Police Headquarters this week, take a moment to think about the brave men & women who work here, serving Franklin with excellence & protecting this incredible community we’re proud to call home.

Special thanks to the Franklin Street Department,
whose work made the blue striping possible.

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Police seek compliance with Stay at Home Order

To help ensure the safety of Franklin residents:

  • Franklin Police will work to ensure citizen compliance with Mayor Moore’s Stay at Home Order and the Governor’s 04/02/2020 Executive Order requiring citizens to stay at home except for when engaging in the essential activities or services defined by the orders.
  • We are counting on our citizens for  compliance.
  • When a business or individual is found in violation, they will be warned.
  • Individuals & business owners or operators who remain non-compliant will be cited.

The Franklin Police Department remains fully committed to serving our citizens and protecting Franklin. Our officers and the entire City of Franklin team are proud to partner with you, to keep you and your family safe and well.

To report a suspected violation, call Franklin Police (615) 794-2513 or
email CityOfFranklin@franklintn.gov.
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Beware of COVID-conners

 

Because criminals work to capitalize on crisis, and with considerable public concern over the Coronavirus, Franklin Police want to remind residents to be on guard against scammers.

Most scams try to entice victims with a special offer while presenting a sense of urgency. Scammers will prey on current concerns about the virus to steal personal information and money from their victims.

On the phone:
Hang up on robocalls. Do not press any numbers, answer questions, or provide personal information or credit card numbers, or make any form of payment to someone with whom you have not previously done business.

Online:
Do not click on links sent to you by email or text that are from new or unknown/unverified senders. Criminals may create fraudulent emails that appear to be from organizations like the CDC or World Health Organization, with clickable links, in an attempt to steal personal or financial information from your phone, tablet, or computer.

Retail:
There are currently no FDA-approved home test kit available for COVID-19. Ignore online or in-person offers for vaccinations, pills, potions, lotions, etc., that claim to treat or cure Coronavirus.

Door to door:
Door to door solicitation in Franklin is strictly regulated by City Ordinance. Report suspected violations to Franklin Police by calling (615) 794-2513.

Donation scams:
Be leery of donating to anyone you do not know or who makes you feel rushed – especially if they are soliciting cash, gift cards, or asking you to wire money. Instead of making a solicited donation, consider making an unsolicited donation locally, or by seeking out a reputable, verified website for a known relief organization. For more help on this, visit www.sos.tn.gov/charitable.

Government scams:
The government will not ask you to pay anything up-front to get relief or other government checks. There are no charges or fees, ever. The government will not call and ask for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number. Anyone who calls requesting you to provide or verify these numbers is attempting to defraud you. Hang up.

  • Franklin residents who have provided personal information or payment to a scammer should file a report by calling Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513.

  • If you see scams, fraud, price gouging, or other attempts to take advantage of Tennesseans during this public health emergency, contact the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs to file a consumer complaint.

  • Report suspicious claims (impostors, phone/text, internet, robocalls, etc.) to the (Federal Trade Commission).

During this unprecedented time, #YourFranklinPolice are here for you: serving your family, protecting your neighborhood, facing this crisis with you. Together, but 6′ apart.

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Beloved Franklin Police Lieutenant (retired), Richard Verbosky, passes away

(Below obituary courtesy Williamson Memorial)

Richard Alan Verbosky, age 69 of the Bethesda Community passed away March 9, 2020.

He was a 1968 Graduate of Father Ryan High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in the Vietnam era, seeing duty overseas there and in Germany.

He joined the Franklin Police Department in 1984 beginning a career that spanned thirty years of benevolent service to the community. Richard’s assignments, prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, included patrol, SWAT, and field training, serving as an officer, instructor, and sergeant, as well as sergeant over the Police Auxiliary. In his most recent assignment, Lt. Verbosky oversaw the Patrol Division’s Bravo Shift, K9 Unit, Traffic Unit, Flex Unit, Dive team, and Mounted Patrol. He was an avid equestrian and played an integral role in the resurrection of the Mounted Patrol in 2009 and subsequently organized two training classes in Franklin, which drew mounted patrol police officers from across the country.

Lt. Verbosky was active in the community and was a member of the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge. His many personal and professional accomplishments aside, Richard is most grateful for the love, companionship and support he shared with his wife, Donna. Richard exemplified the values of hard work, compassion and devotion to community that are characteristic of a true Tennessean and diligent officer of the law. Throughout his career he demonstrated the utmost professionalism, ability, and integrity, winning the unbridled respect and admiration of his colleagues, fellow officers and a grateful public.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Ralph (Patricia) Jacklin; grandchildren, Burgandy Sullivan and Robert Jacklin and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 12:00 Noon PM, March 14, 2020 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Chief Deb Faulkner and Darren Tyler will officiate. Interment will be at a later date at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


VISITATION:

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 10:00am – 12:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home
3009 Columbia Avenue | Franklin, Tennessee

 

SERVICE INFORMATION:

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 12:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home

 

Visit Williamson Memorial for more information

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Franklin Police Honor 8-year-old at school assembly for heroic action

This morning during a school assembly at Pearre Creek Elementary, Franklin Police honored an 8-year-old girl for her heroic actions.

Last Friday, Williamson County Schools were closed due to illness – but little did 8-year-old Freya Macallan know that her day off from school would make her a hero at home. On February 7, Freya found her mom unconscious on the floor. Susan was suffering an unexpected medical emergency.

Freya called 9-1-1 and followed the dispatcher’s instructions until emergency personnel arrived to give Susan the care she needed. During this terrifying ordeal, Freya provided the assistance that her mom needed while working to keep her 6-year-old sister and 4-year-old brother calm. Freya knew to call 9-1-1 because her parents had talked with her, beforehand, about how to get help during an emergency.

Sergeant Bob Kupczyk and Officer Mike Martinez presented Freya with the Franklin Police Department’s Award for Excellence for an amazing job well-done. The Department also gave Freya a gift card to Chuck E. Cheese’s, so she could treat her parents and siblings to an afternoon on the town.

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